The highlights and how to get to Keishun-in.

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Keishun-in (桂春院) is one of the sub-temples (塔頭:tatchu) of Myoshin-ji (妙心寺) which is located in Hanazono, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City.

Myoshin-ji is the biggest Zen temple in Japan, and it has a total of 48 sub-temples.
And Keishun-in is also one of these sub-temples.

Among those sub-temples, only Keishun-in (桂春院), Taizo-in (退蔵院), and Daishin-in (大心院) are open to the public on a regular basis.
So, when you go to Myoshin-ji, I recommend that you go to these sub-temples as well.

The highlights of this small temple is four Japanese gardens.

This temple has four small Japanese gardens and each of the gardens have a distinctive charm.
These were created during the Edo period (江戸時代) and have been designated as a historic site (史跡), a place of scenic beauty (名勝).

If you want to see the Japanese gardens which have a distinctive charm, please visit this temple.

So, I visited Keishun-in this time.

Contents:

  1. The history of Keishun-in
  2. The history of Myoshin-ji (the main temple of Keishun-in)
  3. About Keishun-in
  4. Information for visitors
  5. The highlights of Keishun-in
  6. The photos of Keishun-in
  7. The goshuin (red seal) of Keishun-in
  8. How to get to Keishun-in
  9. Hotel search & reservation around Keishun-in

1.The history of Keishun-in

Let’s study the history of this sub-temple with me before introducing of Keishun-in (桂春院).
I think that we can enjoy the sightseeing of this sub-temple more by learning the history of it. XD

Keishun-in was founded in 1598 by Hidenori ODA (織田秀則) who was a busho (a Japanese military commander) in the Azuchi-Momoyama period (安土桃山時代).
He was a grandchild of Nobunaga ODA (織田信長) who was the historically well-known Sengoku daimyo (戦国大名).
When the foundation of this temple, he invited Suian Sokiku (水庵宗掬) who was the chief priest of Myoshin-ji as founding priest.
This temple was called Kensho-in (見性院) at the time of the foundation.

After the death of Hidenori ODA, Sadamasa ISHIKAWA (石川貞政) of a clan in the Mino Province (美濃国) invited Keinan Shusen (桂南守仙) and repaired the buildings in 1632 of the Edo period in order to hold a memorial ceremony on the 50th anniversary of his father’s death, and also took one character from the posthumous Buddhist name of his father, ‘Tensenshukei Daizenjomon (天仙守大禅定門),’ and his mother, ‘Shoinmyoshun Daishi (裳陰妙大姉),’ to give the temple the new name of Keishun-in ‘(桂春院).

Therefore, the buildings and the gardens of this temple were created during the Edo period.

2.The history of Myoshin-ji (the main temple of Keishun-in)

3.About Keishun-in

Open:9:00 ~ 17:00
Admission fee:500 yen
Address:11, Hanazono Teranonakacho, Ukyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 616-8036, Japan
Phone number:+81-75-463-6578
Foundation:1598
Founder:Hidenori ODA (織田秀則)
Sect:Rinzai sect Myoshin-ji School (臨済宗妙心寺派)
Principal image:Yakushi Nyorai (薬師如来:Bhaisajyaguru)

Keishun-in (桂春院) is one of the sub-temples (塔頭:tatchu) of Myoshin-ji (妙心寺) which is located in Hanazono, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City.
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This temple has four small Japanese gardens and each of the gardens have a distinctive charm.
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These gardens have been designated as a historic site (史跡), a place of scenic beauty (名勝).
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The precincts of this temple are covered by moss.
So, it has a very calm atmosphere.
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An admission fee is 500 yen.
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Next, let’s go to see the highlights of Keishun-in!!
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4.Information for visitors

・Photography and video recording are prohibited inside the building of this temple.

・Monopod/Tripods and stepladders are prohibited in this temple.

・The worship method of a Shinto shrine and a Buddhist temple, please refer to the following article.

5.The highlights of Keishun-in

This mark ‘*‘ is a pay area.

表門:Omote-mon (gate)

This is the Omote-mon (gate) which has the role as a entrance of this temple.
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庫裏:Kuri

This is the Kuri which has been designated as a tangible cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture.
Kuri is the priest’s living quarters or the kitchen of a temple.
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既白庵*:Kihaku-an (Tea house)*

This is the Kihaku-an (Tea house) which was relocated from the Nagahama Castle (長浜城) and reconstructed in 1631 of the Edo period at this temple.
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It is said that this tea house was particularly favored by Yoken FUJIMURA (藤村庸軒) who was one of the master of tea ceremony in Japan.
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方丈*:Hojo*

This is the Hojo which was built in 1631 of the Edo period.
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This building has been designated as a tangible cultural properties designated by Kyoto Prefecture.
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The fusuma pictures which was drawn in the Edo period by Sansetsu KANO (狩野山雪) who was one of the pupil of Sanraku KANO (狩野山楽) are displayed in this building.
(I extracted this photo from a brochure.)
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清浄の庭 (史跡・名勝)*:Shojo-no-niwa (garden) (Historic Sites・Special Places of Scenic Beauty)*

This is the Shojo-no-niwa (garden) which has been designated as a historic site (史跡), a place of scenic beauty (名勝).
‘Shojo (清浄)’ has the meaning of ‘the state of a person, pure at heart or innocent’.
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This small garden has the role as the courtyard of Hojo and Shoin.
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侘の庭 (史跡・名勝)*:Wabi-no-niwa (garden) (Historic Sites・Special Places of Scenic Beauty)*

This is the Wabi-no-niwa (garden) which has been designated as a historic site (史跡), a place of scenic beauty (名勝).
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‘Wabi (侘)’ has the meaning of ‘taste for simple and quiet’.
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思惟の庭 (史跡・名勝)*:Shii-no-niwa (garden) (Historic Sites・Special Places of Scenic Beauty)*

This is the Shii-no-niwa (garden) which has been designated as a historic site (史跡), a place of scenic beauty (名勝).
The stones in this garden are expressing the 16 Rakans (十六羅漢:Sixteen Arhats).
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‘Shii (思惟)’ has the meaning of ‘the act of pursuing truth’.
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真如の庭 (史跡・名勝)*:Shinnyo-no-niwa (garden) (Historic Sites・Special Places of Scenic Beauty)*

This is the Shinnyo-no-niwa (garden) which has been designated as a historic site (史跡), a place of scenic beauty (名勝).
‘Shinnyo (真如)’ has the meaning of ‘an unembellished figure’.
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A small stone form a line in order of 7 stones, 5 stones and 3 stones from right side.
This stone arrangement expresses a night with a full moon.
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6.The photos of Keishun-in

■Flickr:桂春院:Keishun-in(20170220)

桂春院:Keishun-in(20170220)

7.The goshuin (red seal) of Keishun-in

The goshuin of this temple is “Yakushi Nyorai (薬師如来:Bhaisajyaguru)” which is the principal image of this temple.
We can get this goshuin in the reception desk of the entrance. (300 yen)
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8.How to get to Keishun-in

How to get to Keishun-in is as follows.
Keishun-in is located in the precincts of Myoshin-ji.

The nearest station of Keishun-in is “JR Hanazono Station” or “Randen Kitano Line Myoshin-ji Station”.
(We can also go by bus from ‘JR Kyoto Station’, ‘Hankyu Kawaramachi Station’, and ‘Keihan Gion-Shijo Station’.)

  Timetable and Route Search

■Route Example (From Osaka Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■Route Example (From Namba Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■Route Example (From Kyoto Station to JR Hanazono Station)
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■When you go on foot from JR Hanazono Station

It’s about 6 minutes (400m) on foot.

■When you go on foot from Randen Kitano Line Myoshin-ji Station

It’s about 5 minutes (300m) on foot.

■When you get on a bus from JR Kyoto Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto Sta.[D3]

・Routes/Destination:26/Bound for Omuro Ninnaji Temple


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:26/Bound for Omuro Ninnaji Temple
Boarding bus stop:Kyoto Sta.[D3]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 42 min

■When you get on a bus from Hankyu Kawaramachi Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Kyoto City Bus Shijo Kawaramachi [A]

・Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi [A]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 43 min

・Kyoto Bus Shijo Kawaramachi

・Routes/Destination:63/Bound for Arashiyama


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:63/Bound for Arashiyama
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 34 min

・Routes/Destination:65/Bound for Arisugawa


Bus company:Kyoto Bus
Routes/Destination:65/Bound for Arisugawa
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Kawaramachi
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 34 min

■When you get on a bus from Keihan Gion-Shijo Station

  Timetable and Route Search of bus

・Shijo Keihan-mae [C]

・Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine


Bus company:Kyoto City Bus
Routes/Destination:10/Bound for Kitano-tenmangu Shrine
Boarding bus stop:Shijo Keihan-mae [C]
Alighting bus stop:Myoshinji Kitamon-mae (Myoshinji Temple)
Bus fare:230 yen
Time required:About 40 min

■When you take a taxi

From Kyoto Station:2,610 yen ~ 3,210 yen (about 20 minutes)
From Gion-Shijo Station:2,450 yen ~ 2,910 yen (about 15 minutes)

・Let’s show a taxi driver the following phrase.

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・If you want to call a taxi, let’s show the following phrase.
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[Phone number of taxi dispatch : Around the Kyoto Station]*Japanese text only.

9.Hotel search & reservation around Keishun-in

How did you like it?

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Have a nice trip! XD

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